RARE 18th Century
time for all the images to load)
Item Location: Manila, Philippines
rare and large 18th Century Portuguese Bronze Cannon is intricately
carved and has silver Republic of Mexicana coins embedded in its first
reinforcing area. Silver is also embedded on the Breech. A cannon of
size and quality is quite rare and this one is in excellent condition.
Fires a 2 pound 8 ounce Iron Cannon Ball (or slighty lighter
Stone Cannon Ball)!
Below see the photos & details of this cannon.
PRICED LOW FOR FAST SALE!!!!
front of the muzzle has a raised sight. On the First Reinforcing
there’s a raised leaf-like design under the rear sight. This type of
design is similar to
other 16th through 18th century bronze Portuguese type cannons
therefore we are assuming this cannon is of Portuguese origin also.
Muzzle, reinforcings, dolphins and solid cascable [without any hole]
also give clues to the Portuguese origin of this beautiful bronze
this cannon also has obvious Asian influence and designs throughout,
this Portuguese cannon was most likely cast in Borneo (Brunei)
or Portuguese Ambon sometime between mid 1500’s through 1700's. These
cannons [usually much smaller in size] can still be occasionally be
found in the more remote villages throughout the Indonesian and
Malaysian archipelago. However, this is the first one we have seen that
is decorated with Silver Republic of Mexicana Coins ever! This makes it
is very rare.
Side view of Muzzle and Front Sight
Front view of Muzzle showing 2 1/2" (5.7 cm) Bore
View of Dolphins and Trunnions
Close-up view of Dolphins
Top view showing First Reinforcing decorated with Silver
Republic of Mexicana Coins
(also note triangular-shaped Silver pieces embedded in Breech)
Close-up view showing one of the imbedded Silver Republic of
Top view of Touch Hole and showing imbedded triangular-shaped
Decorations on Breech
Rear view showing Cascable
Bronze Portuguese Cannon
Total Length = 74 inches (188 cm)
Bore Diameter = 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm) - Fires a 2 lb 8 oz Iron Cannon
Breech Diameter = 26 3/4 inches (68 cm)
Cannon Diameter near Turnnions = 18 1/4 inches (46.3 cm)
Diameter at Chase = 7 5/8 inches (19.3 cm)
Diameter at Muzzle = 14 inches (35.6 cm)
Cannon Width at Trunnions = 9 1/4 inches (23.5 cm)
Trunnions Diameter = 2 inches (5.1 cm)
Cannon Weight = Approx. 550 lbs (250 kilograms)